Trendspotting: No Frills Materials

Trendspotting: No Frills Materials

The third instalment of our annual trends package – which explores the colours and materials that will take centre stage in the coming year – delves into the timelessness of industrial elements. 

While yellow metallics are hot right now, another trend runs toward such off-the-shelf materials as steel pipes, corrugated iron, and even rebar. When used right, these industrial elements offer unpretentious luxury with lasting appeal.


1 Perf Pulley Pendant
Tom Kundig of the Seattle firm Olson Kundig is known for his love of raw steel as an interior and exterior finish. He has also developed accessories fabricated out of oiled steel. This pendant, made from perforated pipes, is part of the Tom Kundig Collection.



2 Soak
Hot tubbing goes off-grid with Ox + Monkey’s wood-fired stainless-steel-and-aluminum soaker.



3 Palissade
Steel slats and tubes define Palissade, a retro-style outdoor line by the Bouroullecs.



4 Work is Over
Diesel has updated its lounge chair for Moroso by swapping a perforated steel seat with woven nylon rope to better show off the exposed rebar frame.



5 Metal Hut, Lucky Bar
Local studio Robot 3 turned a small space in Beijing into a shimmering BBQ hut by cladding its walls and ceiling with off-the-shelf corrugated sheets of galvanized iron.

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